Klopp upset at UEFA's Dortmund decision

Monday, 17 Apr, 2017

On Tuesday (April 11) three explosions hit a team bus carrying members of the Borussia Dortmund football team, as they were travelling to a Champions League match against Monaco. Monaco won the first leg 3-2 helped by two goals from teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe. "We do not want to use the situation as an excuse", he added.

"We were informed by text message that UEFA was making this decision", he told a news conference. As if we had thrown a beer on our coach.

UEFA issued a statement in the wake of Tuchel's comments denying that either side had been forced to play.

"It was a somewhat powerless feeling".

"Every player has the right to deal with it in his way". We would have wished very, very much that they could have found another date for the match.

He praised the resilience of his players to take the field. "They are more thoughtful". To see the stands filled with people who love this sport, good people who only want us to feel the emotion of football to forget about the world, especially the world we live in which is crazier than ever. I feel like what I said before: I feel like an animal and not like a person.

"Unless you experienced it, you can't understand how bad it was for us".

"First of all, I don't think what I say is too important, but how everyone can probably imagine, it was a really hard moment for me because I don't know how often I was in the team hotel at Dortmund", Klopp told a news conference.

"Playing with one man less made it hard of course, but we still did quite well".

But Sky pundit and ex-Germany global Lothar Matthaeus criticised UEFA, saying it was a mistake to play the game so soon after the attack.

Dortmund has said that their player Bartra won't be able to play for several weeks.

After the final whistle, several Dortmund stars were still shell-shocked by the attack 24 hours before. It has scored in its last 19 games, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang second behind Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in the scoring chart.

"There were no other alternatives than to play. The last thing I thought about was the game". "We have a very privileged life", the former Liverpool midfielder added.

"The attacks may have affected the focus of the (Dortmund) players", he was quoted as saying by L'Equipe.

"To use football as a sign is a long way from my comprehension", said the Turkey worldwide. "I will never forget these faces in my life for sure".

"At first, I was on the way home here from Melwood and [Liverpool's head of press] Matt [McCann] called me and told me that something happened with the bus".

Many of the Dortmund team looked physically drained after the match and several confessed they had barely slept.

"We will continue to believe and try everything".

State interior minister for North Rhine-Westphalia Ralf Jaeger, speaking in Dusseldorf earlier, said the number of police had been increased significantly in Dortmund ahead of the rescheduled game.

Monaco striker Radamel Falcao sympathised with the Dortmund players.